If you're planning a trip this winter be sure to check out the world class skiing and snowboarding at Big Bear California. Located in the San Bernardino valley in Southern California the mountain is host to 1,700 feet of beginner to expert terrain with four peaks to ski and Bear Mountain is the home of the only Superpipe in Southern California. Together the ski resorts Bear Mountain and Snow Summit make up Big Bear Mountain Resorts. The resorts are open year round with amazing skiing and snowboarding through the winter and a host of other activities for the off-season.

Bear Mountain contains "The Park", the only full-service mountain resort in the world devoted to freestyle terrain. There are 117 jumps, 57 jibs, and 2 pipes on 195 acres. The Park also features step-ups, step-downs, transfers, hips, hip-tables, vaders, fins, banks, rolls and quarter-pipes. The mountain is home to the only world-class competition Superpipe in Southern California. If there is enough natural snow fall Bear Mountain's tree runs are open to skiiers and snowboarders and the "out of bounds" section has even been opened after a snow storm. World famous snowboarder and repeating X-Games medalist Shaun White grew up snowboarding Bear Mountain.

Established in 1952 Snow Summit covers 240 acres of skiiable terrain with 14 Total Mountain Lifts. The entire area is covered by snowmaking, made by one of the most efficient snow making systems in the world. The machines can cover all of Snow Summit in 36-48 hours. The system can convert 6,000 gallons of water per minute into snow. The top elevation of Snow Summit is 8,200 feet with a vertical drop of 1,200 feet. There are two parks, The Fun Zone for beginners and the Ego Zone with intermediate to advanced jumps and jibs.

While the skiing at Big Bear California is world class, there are tons of other activities to enjoy while you visit this Southern California getaway. Big Bear Lake is a resort community surrounded by the San Bernardino National Forrest. 100 miles northeast of Los Angelas, Big Bear Lake offers windsurfing, sailboarding, waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing, power boating, paddle boating, pontoon boating, swimming, tennis, horseback riding and more. During the summer months Big Bear Mountain Resorts offers tons of hiking and biking trails along with golfing, scenic Sky Chair rides. In September the annual "Hot Dawgz and Hand Rails" competition draws visitors from around the world to watch the top pros compete for cash prizes.

If you're looking for lodging in Big Bear there are numerous hotels, resorts, cabins, and bed and breakfasts. Big Bear Cabins at Cienaga Creek Ranch offers pet friendly accommodation year round while some vacation resorts are seasonal and there a plenty of hotels, hostels, cabins, and bed and breakfasts open year round. For more lodging information in the Big Bear area you can contact the Big Bear Lake Resort Association at (800) 4-BIG-BEAR or (909) 866-7000.